Our team

Shad Connor
CFP®, CLU®, RICP®
Wealth Advisor

Shad joined Thrivent as an intern in 1999 and continued with the organization upon graduating from Moorhead State University in 2000. He is truly passionate about educating and empowering clients to take control of their financial future. Shad has found immense joy in helping others achieve financial clarity, and he finds his career to be both professionally and personally gratifying.  


Shad and his wife, Heidi, married in 1998 and they have two sons, Grant and Gavin. His family has adopted four rescue dogs: Bennie, Sig, Storm, and Aspen that bring them so much joy. Grant is attending college and Gavin will graduate from high school in 2024. When not working, Shad enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake with his family. When the lakes have frozen you can find Shad snowmobiling or with his family at one of the many local hockey arenas cheering on Gavin and his teammates.  


Book a meeting with Shad Connor 

States Licensed: AZ, CA Insurance Lic. #0F22724, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, MD, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, OR, SD, TX, WA, WI

About Shad Connor

Shad joined Thrivent as an intern in 1999 and continued with the organization upon graduating from Moorhead State University in 2000. He is truly passionate about educating and empowering clients to take control of their financial future. Shad has found immense joy in helping others achieve financial clarity, and he finds his career to be both professionally and personally gratifying.  


Shad and his wife, Heidi, married in 1998 and they have two sons, Grant and Gavin. His family has adopted four rescue dogs: Bennie, Sig, Storm, and Aspen that bring them so much joy. Grant is attending college and Gavin will graduate from high school in 2024. When not working, Shad enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake with his family. When the lakes have frozen you can find Shad snowmobiling or with his family at one of the many local hockey arenas cheering on Gavin and his teammates.  


Book a meeting with Shad Connor 

States Licensed: AZ, CA Insurance Lic. #0F22724, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, MD, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, OR, SD, TX, WA, WI
Team Member
Todd Schaffer
CFP®, FIC, RICP®
Director of Dedicated Planning and Investment Operations

Todd joined Thrivent in 2011 and is glad to work for a company that gives back to the communities it serves. He enjoys helping clients make sense of the stock market and understands the investing world can seem chaotic at times. Todd knows your goals can and will change over time, and life will throw you curveballs. He is here to help you filter the noise and develop a financial plan that is flexible and helps you reach your goals.  


Before joining Thrivent, Todd graduated from North Dakota State University and then worked in logistics for six years at a Fortune 500 company in Minnesota.  


Todd and his wonderful wife, Heather, have been married since 2006. They are blessed with two children, Ian and Alison. He has been coaching baseball and flag football teams since 2019. When Todd is not busy with the kids’ sports, he can usually be found outdoors. He loves fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, snowboarding and watching baseball. He and his family are members of Lutheran Church of the Cross in West Fargo.  

States Licensed: AZ, FL, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NY, SD, TX, WI

About Todd Schaffer

Todd joined Thrivent in 2011 and is glad to work for a company that gives back to the communities it serves. He enjoys helping clients make sense of the stock market and understands the investing world can seem chaotic at times. Todd knows your goals can and will change over time, and life will throw you curveballs. He is here to help you filter the noise and develop a financial plan that is flexible and helps you reach your goals.  


Before joining Thrivent, Todd graduated from North Dakota State University and then worked in logistics for six years at a Fortune 500 company in Minnesota.  


Todd and his wonderful wife, Heather, have been married since 2006. They are blessed with two children, Ian and Alison. He has been coaching baseball and flag football teams since 2019. When Todd is not busy with the kids’ sports, he can usually be found outdoors. He loves fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, snowboarding and watching baseball. He and his family are members of Lutheran Church of the Cross in West Fargo.  

States Licensed: AZ, FL, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NY, SD, TX, WI
Team Member
Travis Hatzenbeller
Sr. Office Manager

Travis joined Thrivent in 2019 and takes pride in knowing the work he is doing at Focus Financial Group helps individuals and families find financial stability. Trust and integrity are important to him, and those same qualities are valued by the entire Focus Financial Group team.  


Outside of work, Travis loves spending time with his wife, Nikki, and their three daughters: Nora, Haven and Autumn. His family keeps busy with soccer, volleyball, dance, gymnastics, and basketball. Travis also enjoys fishing and water skiing in the summer and hunting in the fall. When he is not shuffling the kids to activities, there is a high probability he can be found writing suspense fiction with the hope of someday becoming a published author. 

About Travis Hatzenbeller

Travis joined Thrivent in 2019 and takes pride in knowing the work he is doing at Focus Financial Group helps individuals and families find financial stability. Trust and integrity are important to him, and those same qualities are valued by the entire Focus Financial Group team.  


Outside of work, Travis loves spending time with his wife, Nikki, and their three daughters: Nora, Haven and Autumn. His family keeps busy with soccer, volleyball, dance, gymnastics, and basketball. Travis also enjoys fishing and water skiing in the summer and hunting in the fall. When he is not shuffling the kids to activities, there is a high probability he can be found writing suspense fiction with the hope of someday becoming a published author. 

Team Member
Liz Wood
Sr. Relationship Manager

Liz joined Thrivent in the spring of 2017 and enjoys helping Focus Financial Group meet their clients’ needs. She started as an office professional and then obtained her Insurance Producer License in July of 2017.  


Liz and her husband, Layne, married in 2000 and are blessed with a daughter, April, who is studying marketing at Minnesota State University–Moorhead. They also have two dogs adopted from Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue, Poppy and Finn. Liz enjoys spending time outdoors and her favorite season is winter. She also likes reading and listening to live music from a variety of genres. In addition, she confesses to having an unhealthy obsession with notebooks, pens, making lists and all things green.  

About Liz Wood

Liz joined Thrivent in the spring of 2017 and enjoys helping Focus Financial Group meet their clients’ needs. She started as an office professional and then obtained her Insurance Producer License in July of 2017.  


Liz and her husband, Layne, married in 2000 and are blessed with a daughter, April, who is studying marketing at Minnesota State University–Moorhead. They also have two dogs adopted from Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue, Poppy and Finn. Liz enjoys spending time outdoors and her favorite season is winter. She also likes reading and listening to live music from a variety of genres. In addition, she confesses to having an unhealthy obsession with notebooks, pens, making lists and all things green.  

Team Member
Heidi Connor
Sr. Operations Manager

Heidi joined her husband, Shad, at Thrivent in 2003 after working in the dental field for several years. Volunteering is a huge passion of hers because it gives a sense of purpose and brings immense joy. Shad often jokes that she is a professional volunteer because she attends community events and ends up volunteering at them.  


Heidi and her husband, Shad, married in 1998 and they are blessed with two sons, Grant and Gavin. Their boys have provided unlimited opportunities to watch and coach all the sports they have participated in over the years, primarily hockey and trap shooting. Their family has four dogs, three of which were adopted from Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue. 


In her free time, you can find Heidi with a paintbrush or power tool in her hand. She loves to remodel, build, and construct things. She shares her dad’s passion for “getting her hands dirty.” If Heidi’s not building or creating, she is sharing décor and styling ideas on social media. 

About Heidi Connor

Heidi joined her husband, Shad, at Thrivent in 2003 after working in the dental field for several years. Volunteering is a huge passion of hers because it gives a sense of purpose and brings immense joy. Shad often jokes that she is a professional volunteer because she attends community events and ends up volunteering at them.  


Heidi and her husband, Shad, married in 1998 and they are blessed with two sons, Grant and Gavin. Their boys have provided unlimited opportunities to watch and coach all the sports they have participated in over the years, primarily hockey and trap shooting. Their family has four dogs, three of which were adopted from Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue. 


In her free time, you can find Heidi with a paintbrush or power tool in her hand. She loves to remodel, build, and construct things. She shares her dad’s passion for “getting her hands dirty.” If Heidi’s not building or creating, she is sharing décor and styling ideas on social media. 

Team Member
Charles Beyer
Client Service Administrator

In the fall of 2023, Charlie proudly joined the Thrivent team, embarking on a journey of financial insight and expertise. As a student at NDSU, majoring in finance, he relishes the opportunity to delve deep into the intricate world of finance and financial planning, driven by his ambition to equip himself with the knowledge to better serve and assist those around him.


Beyond his professional and academic pursuits, Charlie enjoys quality time spent with friends and family, taking his toy poodle on lots of walks, and plenty of time at the gym working out and playing basketball. With graduation on the horizon, he eagerly anticipates honing his skills and gaining invaluable hands-on experience in the finance industry.


About Charles Beyer

In the fall of 2023, Charlie proudly joined the Thrivent team, embarking on a journey of financial insight and expertise. As a student at NDSU, majoring in finance, he relishes the opportunity to delve deep into the intricate world of finance and financial planning, driven by his ambition to equip himself with the knowledge to better serve and assist those around him.


Beyond his professional and academic pursuits, Charlie enjoys quality time spent with friends and family, taking his toy poodle on lots of walks, and plenty of time at the gym working out and playing basketball. With graduation on the horizon, he eagerly anticipates honing his skills and gaining invaluable hands-on experience in the finance industry.